What, according to you, is your greatest strength in writing. What is your greatest weakness? How can you minimize your weakness?
My greatest writing strength is my ability to articulate a clear and concise thesis and trace this through a piece of written work. I never lose sight of my focus. However, my greatest weakness is my tendency to be jargonistic. In my academic writing, I tend to use words specific to my field and audience, forgetting that my written work may be consumed by both those within and without of my field. To minimize this, I rely on multiple rounds of proofreading of my own work, as well as having my work checked by scholars within and without of my field. Every writer should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and have strategies in place to adapt to them!
What is the 14th Amendment? Provide at least two examples of the ways in which it was used by the Supreme Court to advance civil rights in the 20th century (making sure to explain and contextualize these examples).
The 14th Amendment, commonly referred to as one of the "Civil Rights Amendments," guarantees all American citizens, regardless of race, equal protection under the law. The text of the 14th Amendment states that no state can create OR enforce any law that prevents any U.S. citizen from "life, liberty, or property." In the 20th century, the Supreme Court ruled on or around the amendment many times. One of the key ways in which the 14th Amendment was used was Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which struck down the pre-existing Jim-Crow-Era idea of "separate but equal" schooling. The Court ruled that segregation of public school students within a district violated the 14th Amendment. Another example of the Court's usage of the 14th Amendment to advance civil rights was in Loving v. Virginia (1967). In this particular case, an interracial couple took on the state of Virginia's previous law that forbade interracial marriage. The court ruled that such a law was unconstitutional because it violated the 14th Amendment as defined above.
What are the three most important things to remember as you head into the ACT?
1. Answer all of the questions! There's no penalty for a wrong answer. 2. The RIGHT answer is there on the page somewhere. If you have to find it by deciding what's NOT right first, do that! 3. You can do this. College is in your future. You will succeed!